PS: Customize Your Prompt

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Description:

Follow this post to setup a customized PS Prompt. Most of this comes from this post.

To Resolve:

  1. Open admin PS and type:

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    # Set your PowerShell execution policy
    Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Force
    
    # Install Chocolatey
    iwr https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1 -UseBasicParsing | iex
    
    # Install Chocolatey packages
    choco install vim -y
    choco install conemu -y
    
    # Install PowerShell modules
    Install-PackageProvider NuGet -MinimumVersion '2.8.5.201' -Force
    Set-PSRepository -Name PSGallery -InstallationPolicy Trusted
    
  2. Close out of the PS prompt and open ConEmu

    • Configure it like so:
    • Settings – Appearance: Single instance mode
    • Quake Style = Check the slide down checkbox
    • Startup = Change dropdown to {Shells:Powershell}
    • Keys and Macro = Assign Ctrl+(Backtick)
    • Colors = Import a theme from here or customize your own.
    • That’s it! Make sure to add the following to your profile:
    • Set-Alias vim -Value 'C:\Program Files (x86)\vim\vim80\gvim.exe'
    • Import-Module PSColor
    • As an addition to this, I like to set my prompt like so..
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    function Prompt {
       $identity = [Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()
       $principal = [Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal] $identity
       $(if (test-path variable:/PSDebugContext) { '[DBG]: ' }
       elseif($principal.IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] "Administrator"))
          {
          Write-Host ("[ADMIN] ") -nonewline -foregroundcolor Green
          # Print the current time:
          Write-Host ("[") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          Write-Host (Get-Date -format 'g') -nonewline -foregroundcolor Gray
          Write-Host ("][") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          # Print the working directory:
          Write-Host ($PWD) -nonewline -foregroundcolor Gray
          Write-Host ("]") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          Write-Host ("`r`n") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          # Print the prompt symbol:
          Write-Host ("#") -nonewline -foregroundcolor Green
          return " ";
          }
       else{
          # Print the current time:
          Write-Host ("[") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          Write-Host (Get-Date -format 'g') -nonewline -foregroundcolor Gray
          Write-Host ("][") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          # Print the working directory:
          Write-Host ($PWD) -nonewline -foregroundcolor Gray
          Write-Host ("]") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          Write-Host ("`r`n") -nonewline -foregroundcolor DarkGray
          # Print the prompt symbol:
          Write-Host ("#") -nonewline -foregroundcolor Green
          return " ";
          }
       )}
    
    • Copy and paste this into your profile. What it will do is make each command in Powershell or Powershell ISE have it’s own line.
    • A regular prompt will look like: \[Date / Time\] \[Current Directory\]
    • An Admin prompt will look the same but will have a green [ADMIN] in front.
    • More info on customizing your prompt can be found here.
  3. Update 2018-03: My current prompt looks like PSProfile

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